Through an appeal to the United Nations, the Patriarch calls on the international community to save Lebanon from turning into a failed state, an Iranian satellite, insensitive to the growing poverty of its population, and diplomatically isolated at the Arab and international levels.
A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts; be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ". In Lent a "fast" from gossip. A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.
Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).
The theme from Ps 103: 3: "He forgives all your sins". A guide "to offer some suggestions to allow parishes and Christian communities to prepare themselves to live the initiative 24 hours for the Lord.”
First telephone call between the new president and King Salman. The White House now deals only with the monarch and relegates the crown prince to the background. Waiting for the declassified report on the Khashoggi murder, which would prove the responsibility of Mbs. Diplomacy to counter Iranian nuclear ambitions.
People queue for hours to get a piece of bread at a low price. Children skip school and wander the streets in search of money. For WFP, 12.4 million people face “food insecurity”. The COVID-19 pandemic is being “ignored, because people cannot afford the luxury of not working”.
Data from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka report the disappearance of 5,927 people. The Pakistani embassy speaks of 824 dead compatriots. The figure could be much higher because numbers from Kenya and the Philippines are missing. Doha accused of failing to protect migrant workers.
Stronger than the pandemic, IDEX 2021 is taking place between 21 to 25 February. Some 70,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors are expected. The UAE has signed deals worth US .36 billion. Military spending in the Mideast has dropped by 10 per cent because of the pandemic and the decline in oil prices.
A portion of the surplus reserved for Palestinian Authority health personnel. Czech Republic, Honduras and Guatemala among the possible beneficiaries. But the choice is the subject of political conflict: Gantz accuses Netanyahu of behaving as he was "at the head of a kingdom, not a state".
The incident took place in the Israeli port of Ashdod, tens (or hundreds) of tonnes of oil spilled from a ship. Experts talk about the important mass that is set to “get worse” in the coming days. Some 80 percent of the coastline between Ras Naqoura and Tyre has been touched. Immediate action is needed.
The Israeli government has obtained the release of a young Orthodox who entered Syrian territory on February 2. Official reports speak of an exchange of prisoners. In fact, behind the release is the supply of 1.2 million doses of Sputnik V to Damascus. A success for Netanyahu, Assad and (above all) Putin.
The cardinal met with the Saudi ambassador, who returned to Lebanon after two months of absence. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is relegated to the margins of the negotiations. Doubts and uncertainties surround the investigation into the explosion at the port following the removal of Judge Sawan. An outside investigation is needed.
This year's work program for Catholics has been drawn up by bishops and the Patriotic Association. Deepen the history of the Party, the Long March, Socialism, aligning with the leadership of Xi Jinping. A Theological Forum on Sinicization is also planned. More than a "pastoral" program, it is a political program in which the "independent and autonomous Church" is exalted.
They will have access to the army, air force, navy, strategic missile sector and medical services. Candidates must be between 21 and 40 years old, be at least 155 centimetres tall and cannot be married to foreigners. Higher ranks of a military career excluded.